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Lionel Messi’s father to meet with Barcelona president, agreement unlikely

Lionel Messi, Josep Maria Bartomeu

Jorge Messi, the father of Barcelona star Lionel Messi, is expected to meet with club president Josep Maria Bartomeu on Wednesday to talk about the ongoing saga regarding the Argentine’s exit.

Bartomeu and the Barcelona board reportedly had no interest in meeting with Messi after he sought one last assembly to leave in good terms. According to AS, Jorge Messi and Josep Maria Bartomeu have stayed in touch by phone and have agreed to meet to try and reach an agreement over Lionel Messi’ future.

A resolution to this ongoing saga, however, seems rather unlikely. Barcelona is hellbent on getting the €700 million they believe they’re owed if another club is to reel in Messi. The 33-year-old is convinced his contract has a clause that would allow him to leave for free in the last year of the deal. According to Cadena SER’s El Larguero, the release clause of €700 million does not apply for his last season — as there is no date stipulated besides the “end of his optional season.”

The Argentine megastar signed a three-plus-one contract — the three years would keep him at the Camp Nou until 2020 with an option to leave before a deadline date after every season. The “optional” season, which would begin in 2020-21, requires no deadline, noting Messi can opt-out anytime before the start of the new season.

Barcelona may also find some issues with this when it comes to terminology, which can end in a likely legal battle on the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in the next few weeks.

Manchester City is the frontrunner in a race that also includes others like Paris Saint-Germain, Inter Milan, and even Juventus. Jorge Messi reportedly met with Manchester City last week to eke out the terms of his future deal.